31 October 2002|
St. George's Hall, Bradford, UK
I Want The One I Can't HaveThe Bradford gig was just as memorable as the Birmingham one the night before. Morrissey was playful, energetic and talkative. He often chatted with fans in the front rows, particularly with the "irregular regulars" (the fans following him on tour). He was sincerely "humbled" (to use his own words often repeated throughout the evening) with the crowd's enthusiasm. There were quite a few attempts by fans to make it on stage but despite gentle security only one person was successful. There was no change in the setlist.
Morrissey's first words as he picked up his microphone were "Good evening Bradford... Good evening (?)... Do you know where you are? Me too..." After set opener "I Want The One I Can't Have" he extended his greetings with "Welcome to our extremely rough songs... Who's naked?" After "Little Man, What Now?" he had a few words with a front row regular and made fun of Bradford: "Julia here we are under the Bradford skies... Are you standing (?) It's a place brimming with culture: kebab shops, topless tandooris, you name it, Bradford..." Then over the opening bars of "Hairdresser On Fire" he added "I didn't mean that... yes I did!"
Before going into "Speedway" Morrissey announced "Apart from Julia we'd also like to thank some of our friends who've come from many parts of the globe, to Bradford, less they're here tonight, the irregular regulars... we're very humbled, we're very honoured, and... I keep talking nonsense tonight... Also people from Fairsworth!" The only person to successfully make it on stage managed to do it halfway into this song. At some point Morrissey was in a tug of war with security: he was holding the fan's hand while security had her leg. Morrrissey pulled her his way then the lights went out. When they came back on the fan was with Morrissey, hugging on the floor. She got a huge cheer from the crowd and was promptly taken away.
After "Speedway" Morrissey thanked the audience "...enormously" then commented on someone's flag: "Is it the Bootle Bruisers? We'll never get this right, is it the Bootle Bruisers? No? Who? Is it Dickie and his friends?... What would you like to see?" The yet-to-be-released "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" was then introduced with "Meanwhile I'm only telling you this because it's true: the world is full of crashing bores..."
After the latter number Morrissey asked someone "What're you saying?" then introduced "First Of The Gang To Die" with the line "Well then, as some of you know, there are a few very jealous bitches back in Manchester who'd like to see me dead!... and I'd just might be the first of the gang to die but!... this song is not about that, it's about somebody else who... Yes, I think the song has began..." Following "First Of The Gang To Die" he told someone "You're sliding into it aren't you?" then introduced "Jack The Ripper" with "Well... this song is about our first serial killer and I don't mean Hillary Gates or any of your beautiful royal family, unfortunately... Maestro!"
Before going into "Everyday Is Like Sunday" Morrissey told the audience "This is an open forum, you can say whatever the hell you like, I don't mind..." At some point into that song he stopped, let the audience sing a few lines, then thanked them. After the song he explained "We have been on tour for three months and yesterday we were in Birmingham and, it was such an incredible reaction that we felt... we felt a bit shy actually, horribly humbled and round-shouldered and... we were astonished! Is that strange? Yes!!! No!!!" New composition "I Like You" was then introduced with "This song is called... 'I Like You'! 'I Like You'! It's about me!... Just kidding..."
After "I Like You" Morrissey said "Today we found ourselves driving through Manch-fester, Manch-fester, Manchester! Manchester!... Is anybody here from? No? Yes? (counts raised arms) One, two, three, four, five, six, seven... Well that's it really..." Following "Alsatian Cousin" he proceeded with the customary introduction of the band: "And it's hard to believe now but they once played for Castleford FC, could I please introduce you to four lovely lads: Boz... to Gary... to Deano... (crowd chants Deano's name) you've embarrassed me... and to (whispers) Alain... And I like to remain mysterious..."
Following "Sister I'm A Poet" Morrissey asked his favourite fan "Are you okay Julia? You're sure?" then introduced "Meat Is Murder" with "You know, you're gonna have to join the gang eventually and you will and... which gang would that be? If you find yourself tonight at Topless Tandoori or kebab place or any of those lovely slices of modern life please, as you sink your teeth in, think about little weenie voice and... enjoy your meal..." After "November Spawned A Monster" he told the audience "You do not clap in vain, it means so much... to me..."
The classic "Hand In Glove" was introduced by Morrissey with a tone of surprise: "This song is twenty years old, twenty years, twenty, twenty years old, twenty years old..." During the outro of the song the crowd sang the harmonica melody as it is heard on the studio version. They even kept on doing it after the song was finished, to Alain's amazement as he gave them a thumbs up. They only stopped when Morrissey thanked them and said "very humbled, thank you..." His final words of the evening were delivered before encore "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out": "Thank you for being so kind and generous... Please remember me in your prayers, remember Oscar Wilde and Johnny Thunders and... if you want to... Believe it or not, good luck to you... I think..."
There is a second audience recording out there, but it is not shared much at this point in time and its quality is unknown. It is sometimes seen under the title "Little India" and may lack the opening track, or its intro.
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